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Rehabilitation and Restoration

Peatlands management

Almost all peatlands in Ireland have been modified to some degree and require some level of management, either to prevent further degradation or to improve and enhance their condition. Depending on the level of intervention on a bog previously, it may be possible for it to be fully restored or rehabilitated.

Peatlands management

Almost all peatlands in Ireland have been modified to some degree and require some level of management, either to prevent further degradation or to improve and enhance their condition. Depending on the level of intervention on a bog previously, it may be possible for it to be fully restored or rehabilitated.

Peatland rehabilitation programme

For many decades, Bord na Móna has been in the process of rehabilitating and restoring peatland if possible. Recent announcements on the accelerated exit from peat production provides for an ambitious programme of bog restoration and rehabilitation. Much of this programme will come under cutaway bog rehabilitation parameters.

Bog Restoration and Rehabilitation

Bog rehabilitation and bog restoration are terms that have been used interchangeably but there is a distinction between the two processes. A bog that has been in industrial use for peat-production is known as a cutaway bog and will generally have to be rehabilitated; whereas a bog that has been drained but no production activity has taken place, can be restored.

 

Bog Restoration and Rehabilitation

Bog rehabilitation and bog restoration are terms that have been used interchangeably but there is a distinction between the two processes. A bog that has been in industrial use for peat-production is known as a cutaway bog and will generally have to be rehabilitated; whereas a bog that has been drained but no production activity has taken place, can be restored.

 

Restoration

Bog restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of the bog ecosystem that has been degraded, typically through drainage. Certain bogs in Bord na Móna’s landholding were drained in readiness for peat production but were never utilised. These bogs are sufficiently unaltered to be capable of restoration through the intervention of rewetting.

Rehabilitation

This refers to the environmental stabilisation of the former peat production areas or cutaway bogs that cannot be restored back to functioning bog ecosystems. Rehabilitation usually involves some form of rewetting and management to ensure the revegetation of former peat production fields. Typically, other (non-bog) habitats develop (such as bog woodland, fen, reedbeds and lakes) as the environment has changed radically from the original raised bog. It is hoped that some of these areas will return to bog ecosystems in time.

Rehabilitation

This refers to the environmental stabilisation of the former peat production areas or cutaway bogs that cannot be restored back to functioning bog ecosystems. Rehabilitation usually involves some form of rewetting and management to ensure the revegetation of former peat production fields. Typically, other (non-bog) habitats develop (such as bog woodland, fen, reedbeds and lakes) as the environment has changed radically from the original raised bog. It is hoped that some of these areas will return to bog ecosystems in time.

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Bog Rehabilitation in Action

View one of our bog rehabilitation schemes at Derrybrat bog, Co. Offaly

Biodiversity potential

The newly emerging Bord na Móna restored or rehabilitated landscape has huge potential for biodiversity and for other types of natural capital. Rare species and species under pressure in the wider landscape colonise these new spaces. This landscape is particularly important for new wetland habitats.

Biodiversity potential

The newly emerging Bord na Móna restored or rehabilitated landscape has huge potential for biodiversity and for other types of natural capital. Rare species and species under pressure in the wider landscape colonise these new spaces. This landscape is particularly important for new wetland habitats.

New peatland future

For Bord na Móna, proper management of Ireland’s peatlands now refers to a new way of appreciating this precious national asset. It means looking at peatlands in a new light and assessing them for new applications including amenities, carbon sinks and stores, wetlands, woodlands, areas of enhanced biodiversity and locations for sustainable businesses.

Delivering benefits

Rehabilitation measures will continue to be carried out with the focus on re-wetting and rehabilitation of cutover and cutaway areas in line with national policies such as the National Biodiversity Action Plan, the Climate Action Plan 2019, and the Water Framework Directive as examples, in addition to rehabilitation guidelines set out by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Delivering benefits

Rehabilitation measures will continue to be carried out with the focus on re-wetting and rehabilitation of cutover and cutaway areas in line with national policies such as the National Biodiversity Action Plan, the Climate Action Plan 2019, and the Water Framework Directive as examples, in addition to rehabilitation guidelines set out by the Environmental Protection Agency.